Friday, January 4, 2013

Azarenka out of Brisbane

Top seed Victoria Azarenka, citing a toe infection, gave Serena Williams a walkover in the Brisbane semifinals today. Williams just had surgery on two toes, by the way. Her opponent in the final will be Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who has had quite a run so far, taking out both Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber.

One can only imagine the disappointment of fans who were looking forward to another Williams-Azarenka match. Azarenka said that she has had the infection for several days, and that it's getting worse.

Also in Brisbane, Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Kveta Peschke upset top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the doubles semifinals.

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska won the title in Auckland today by defeating Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4. The doubles title went to Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova who upset top seeds Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova 2-6, 6-2, 10-5.

In Shenzhen, top seed Li Na advanced to the final when she beat countrywoman Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-0. Li's opponent in the final will be Klara Zakopalova, who defeated Monica Niculescu 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals.

In Hopman Cup play, Spain will play Serbia for the title.

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